Making any type of home improvement can be taxing emotionally, financially, and physically. There are growing numbers of homeowners, especially younger generations, who prefer to do the work themselves whenever possible. However, when you’re looking to upgrade or completely replace the window treatments in your home, there are a number of steps you should take in order to make sure it’s done right.

Step #1: Understand your needs and desires.

Take some time to sit down in each room of your home, evaluate the windows, the light that gets in, and what you want to see that’s different than what you have in place now. For example, you may have drapes and curtains in your living room now that’s not allowing you to take full advantage of the natural outdoor lighting to get in.

The more you think about these situations, the easier it’s going to be for you to move toward the optimal solution.

Step #2: Establish a budget.

How much do you want to spend on this home improvement project? What are you comfortable with? When you set a budget from the beginning of the process, you can stick to it and that will help you narrow down your choices to something more suitable for you and your family.

Step #3: View a range of samples.

Nothing beats actually seeing blinds or shades to get a true sense about whether or not they will be ideal in your home. Keep in mind that if you’re looking to completely change from drapery to blinds (or something similar), the change will be dramatic.

Step #4: Take your time.

No one should rush through any major home improvement decision. This may not be the most significant investment you’ll make in your home, but it is a major change with regard to appearance, style, and comfort. So take your time evaluating your choices.

Talk it over with your family, even children. Get everyone’s input and that should help you narrow down your choices.

Step #5: Accept professional installation.

You might be keen on installing things yourself, but when it comes to blinds, shades, and other window treatments, even a 2cm differential can cause them to look wrong and it may impact their functionality over time. If you’re going to invest in quality blinds or shades, make sure you don’t cut corners trying to save on installation.

The warranty on those shades and blinds may not be honored if you install them yourself, so keep that in mind.

When you follow these steps, you’ll be more likely to choose the ideal ones for your home.